Andy Warhol, ‘Marilyn Monroe, Black Version, printed by Sunday b. Morning’, 1969-1970, Heather James Fine Art: Benefit Auction 2018

Framed

In 1967, Andy Warhol made a portfolio of 10 screenprint portraits of Marilyn Monroe from the publicity photos for the 1953 film Niagara. The portfolios of 10 screenprints were printed in an original edition of 250. All the prints from the original edition of 250 were signed in pencil and numbered with a rubber stamp on verso; some signed in pen; some initialed on verso; some dated. Aside from this edition, 26 complete sets of artist proofs were printed, signed and lettered A-Z on verso. Printed by Aeta Silkscreen Products, Inc., New York. Published by Factory Additions, New York. The first edition of the Marilyn series was very successful and many hoped the artist would print another edition. In the 70's Warhol worked with the German and Belgian printers for his European exhibitions. They proposed an edition of the Marilyns for the European market. However, Warhol was not interested at the time and refused to help with European edition. The original screen were brought to Europe anyway and the first unauthorized prints were produced in different colors from the original portfolio. The edition of 250 unauthorized prints were stamped in black on verso, "Published by Sunday B. Morning, Fill in Your Own Signature." Some prints are inscribed by Andy Warhol, "This is not by me." Warhol was well aware of the European edition of Marilyn prints and came to accept them as they were printed and published by two of his friends.
Courtesy of Heather James Fine Art

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York